Riptide GP: Renegade for Nintendo Switch is a dream come true for me. If Nintendo won’t do a sequel for WaveRace, Vector Unit seems more than happy to step up to the plate and deliver. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a game that’ll hit the Nintendo Switch eShop at $10 US, and even though I have played some of the Riptide series on iOS, I wasn’t sure what to expect from what is essentially a mobile port to everyone’s favourite hybrid console. I can happily say, what we got with Riptide shows off fact that the Switch is the best gaming tablet you can buy, that mobile games can be made much better with controllers, and that Vector Unit can pull off a big feeling game with what’s most likely a small budget compared to some of the other AAA games that have been dropping the last couple of weeks.
For starters, this game looks great! Sure, it’s not going to win awards for graphics of the year, but for a $10 indie title, I was impressed with what I saw. Everything ran fluidly, the water physics were spot on, the character and vehicle models were cool, and the stages were all unique.
The game also handles like a dream. They’re not reinventing the wheel here, and that’s a good thing. This game. This $10 eShop download from a traditionally mobile-heavy developer. FEELS LIKE WAVERACE! Let that sink in. Nintendo, take note. Vector Unit is showing you how to do your own game.
With plenty of courses, different game modes, tons of vehicles and character customization options, you’re going to get a lot out of this purchase. I haven’t had a chance to check out the online multiplayer yet, but with Career mode, Quick races, and 2-4 player split screen, you’re already getting more than enough to justify the price of entry. Online, to me, is just a cherry on top of an already great experience.
Riptide GP: Renegade is easy to get in to, but the difficulty ramps up, forcing you to spend money wisely, upgrade your vehicle, and get good fast! For racing fans waiting for the next Waverace game, try this one out.
8.5 out of 10